Mary J. Blige - 'Bounce Back 2.0'

Festive evening While she was sitting in Santa Monica's Barker Hangar during the actual awards show Mary's birthday got an onstage shout-out from hostess Olivia Munn

During the emotional ceremony, Blige recalled her childhood in the projects in NY and the big dreams that helped her become the star she is today. I'm so grateful. I say that with confidence, not arrogance. "'We want to be somebody, we want to be big, '" Combs said. And we learned how to survive. She had three jobs and she never stopped. But God gave me the strength to keep stepping, and to keep my head up regardless of what anybody thought about me, regardless of what was being said about me, regardless of who hated me or who didn't. Blige's longtime friend and mentor, rap mogul Sean Combs, joined the unveiling.

The star is the 2,626th since the completion of the Walk of Fame in 1961 with the first 1,558 stars.

Blige came to fame with her multi-platinum 1992 debut album What's the 411? which included the hit Real Love.

Win some lose some Mary's performance in Mudbound earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress but the trophy ultimately went to Allison Janney for I Tonya
Mary J. Blige - 'Bounce Back 2.0'

After enduring a messy divorce from ex-husband Kendu Isaacs, in addition to releasing a solo album and appearing in Mudbound - which she credits to saving her life - Blige has been through a lot the last couple years.

Fans from various parts of the nation, including Oakland, California and Chicago, Illinois came specifically to support Blige, their favorite singer, as she shared her world in the California sunshine. She pours everything into a record and into a performance. We would drive down the highway in NY and just dream.

Blige began her acting career in 1998 with an appearance on The WB comedy, "The Jamie Foxx Show". She recently nominated for the Best Original Song at the 2018 Golden Globes for the song "Mighty River'and Best Supporting Actress role in the movie 'Mudbound".


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